NCS is a government-backed programme for all year 11s and 12s, which takes place outside of term-time. Through a variety of physical, personal and creative challenges, young people learn leadership, communication skills and team work. The programme culminates in a community project, designed and delivered by young people in their local area.
Each programme runs for 4 consecutive weeks, with weekends off.
Part 1: five days (four nights) – a week of exciting outward-bound challenges like abseiling and canoeing at one of our outdoor activity centres, then head home for the weekend.
Part 2: five days (four nights) – a week of skills-building workshops with local businesses focusing on communication, leadership and employability skills with fun evening activities like silent discos or sports at one of our residential centres, then head home for the weekend again.
Part 3: two weeks – they’ll choose, plan and deliver a community project in teams and make a real difference in your local area – it might be redecorating a youth centre, working in a food bank, fundraising for a homelessness charity or even creating a sensory garden for disabled people.
Students will be in teams of up to 15, with a team leader and mentor to guide them through every step of the programme. All staff are fully trained and DBS-checked; all our outdoor activity instructors are fully qualified, so don’t worry, they’ll be in safe hands.
They’ll definitely learn new skills, improve their CV and build their confidence, but most important of all they’ll make new friends and be doing something productive and fun with their holidays.
Government funding means that the cost to you for the programme is only £50 (although the value of each place is over £1,400). This fee covers all the accommodation and food (during the residential phases), plus activities and equipment. Bursaries are available for families who are in receipt of means-tested benefits.Please see your pastoral assistant or Miss Williams if you would like more information about NCS’s summer programme.